Explorer Foundation Update

The AAPG Foundation is in its fourth year as a partner of Geoscientists Without Borders, an outreach program that provides humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world.

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One cannot overemphasize the importance of understanding the data – how it was generated, where it came from, how it was manipulated and massaged, and whether the conclusions drawn are supported by the data or if is there overreach.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

The United Kingdom has long flirted with the prospect of attempting to emulate the United States’ success with hydraulic fracturing for cheap and plentiful shale gas, but a recent study raises doubts.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Unconventional resources represent a bright opportunity for the United States' economic and energy future, but that is in no sense guaranteed. A misinformed public debate about the impacts and merits of hydraulic fracturing in particular and the oil industry in general threatens that future.

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Our industry, science and profession have been taking note of the importance of being prominent and proactive in assuring the public and other stakeholders that the energy extraction industry implements environmental stewardship in a manner equivalent to its skill and innovation in extracting the oil, gas and minerals that society needs.

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Explorer Article

The industry might be tempted to relax or postpone environmental compliance activities, especially those that might be new or expensive. Succumbing to this temptation is risky and could prove more costly in the long run.

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Explorer Article

Maybe drawing a line in the sand isn’t the best approach to climate change, especially when the sand is shifting. A paper published in the journal “Nature Geoscience” in September theorized that the Earth might be warming a little less than climate models have predicted, by 0.3 degrees Celsius (0.54 degrees Fahrenheit).

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I have very much enjoyed representing the Division as its president. It has given me the opportunity to work with all levels of AAPG membership in the United States and internationally. AAPG is truly a global organization.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

After the massive discovery offshore Alaska’s North Slope last year, recent recommendations by the National Petroleum Council, among other developments, the Arctic Circle is becoming a hotspot for offshore exploration.

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Now that my term is two-thirds over, it seems an appropriate time for a brief summary of the current state of the Division: what it has accomplished and what accomplishments are planned for the next four months.

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Workshop
Lviv, Ukraine
Thursday, 21 September Friday, 22 September 2023, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Join us for a workshop where experts will  explore the Carpathian foreland and the Dnieper-Donetsk rift basins with a focus not only on hydrocarbons, but the utilization of geothermal resources, hydrogen exploration and CCUS.

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VG Abstract

Hydraulic fracturing has been around for decades. This talk describes some of the first applications of the technology, how it developed over time, and our current understanding of its impacts with some discussion of both water and earthquake hazards.

Request a visit from Sherilyn Williams-Stroud!

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VG Abstract

This is a less-technical education topic. It can be condensed to an hour or given as 2 two-hour sessions. It stresses selected controversial aspects of fracking that touch some combination of environment and economics and includes a short video of how fracking is done.

Request a visit from David Weinberg!

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VG Abstract

Microseismicity induced by hydraulic fracture stimulation of a horizontal well was mapped with a near-surface buried array. Distinct linear trends of events were not parallel to the direction of fast shear wave polarization measured in the reservoir with a crossed-dipole anisotropy tool. Analysis of core from a nearby well revealed numerous calcite-filled fractures that did not induce shear wave polarization, but did significantly impact the failure behavior of the reservoir rock during the stimulation treatment. Hydraulic fracture simulation with DFN modeling and source mechanism analysis supports the interpretation of reactivated existing fractures rather than the formation of hydraulically-induced tensile fractures.

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Request a visit from Sherilyn Williams-Stroud!

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